51 Tips for a Life of Freedom, Fun, and Fulfillment

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Whenever I come across a good lesson or quote, I write it on a notecard. I got this from Ryan Holiday. Below are some of my favorite notecards. I hope you find them useful.

1. Make time each day to think about the people and things you’re grateful for. And each day, tell some of those people you’re grateful for them.

2.  Send them hand written notes, too. It’s meaningful and it’s a dying practice. Keep it old school.

3. Schedule fun the same way you schedule work. 

4. Get outside. A lot.

5. Live like a farmer. Sleep and rise with the sun. Eat real, unprocessed food. Lead a physical life.

6. Do one thing at a time.

7. Say Thank You a lot more. In fact, make it your default.  

8. Sit less and move more.

9. Spend undistracted time alone with your thoughts.

“The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.”- Socrates

10. Act with intent. Have a purpose behind all that you do or say.

11. Remember people’s names. And use them.

“A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language”- Dale Carnegie

12.  Stop trying to avoid fearing failure. It’s always scary. Accept that and do it anyway.

13. Remember that every time you say, “Yes” to something, you say “No” to something else. Only say, “Yes” to the essential.

14. Take cold showers.

15. Stop reading comments on YouTube videos.

16. Have hobbies and interests.

Painting, woodworking, cooking, baking, collecting. Anything. Just make sure that when you’re done talking about your job, you still have things to say.

17. Laugh. Every. Single. Day.

Have friends that make you laugh. Go to places that make you laugh. Watch shows that make you laugh.

Many of us forget how to have fun. Myself included.

18. People care about how you make them feel more than they care about what you do. 

19. Be a leader. But do it quietly.

20. Be the first to engage others. Doesn’t it feel good when someone does it to you? Give them that same feeling.

21. Remember that you are in control of how things effect you.

“Choose not to be harmed, and you wont feel harmed”- Marcus Aurelius

22. Stretch more. Your grandkids will thank you.

23. Don’t check your phone at the dinner table.

24. Remember, action eliminates anxiety.

25. Keep TVs out of your bedroom. That room is meant for other things.

26. Always have a mission. Some end goal you are working towards. And keep it to yourself.

27. Seriously. Stop reading comments on YouTube videos.

28. Get out of breath at least once per day. Remind yourself it’s not punishment. It’s to make you better.

29. Avoid the feeling of constant comfort.

30. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

31. Walk more. Take the stairs. Live the Strenuous Life.

32. Stay out of the “busy trap.”

“Living the hustle” 24/7 just means you suck at time management.  It will make you lose people you love. I learned this the hard way.

33. Be competitive. But not with others. Only compete with yourself. The people I admire most adhere to this principle, and its part of what makes them great.

34. Know your strengths. Develop them. Embrace them. Capitalize on them.

35. Work on weaknesses that will be useful. But don’t waste time on ones out of reach. If you really suck at singing, or writing, maybe you just aren’t meant to sing or write.

36. Go in your closet, look at every piece of clothing and ask, “Did I wear this last year?” If not, throw it out.

37. Don’t ever tell someone they are fat.

38. Make eye contact with people on the street. To quote the great George Costanza “You know, we’re living in a society!”

39. Don’t be afraid to upset people. Try to please everyone and you will please no one.

40. Set limits for yourself and create structure in your life. Rigidity in certain times allows freedom in others. Thank you to Jason Ferruggia and Craig Ballantyne for this one.

41. “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” – Seneca.

42.Listen more. Actually listen. Don’t think about what you’re going to say next.  People can tell the difference.

43. If you suck at #42, meditate. Even if you don’t suck at #42, meditate. It helps.

44. Read a lot of great booksAsk people you admire what they think you should read. 

45. You get what you give off. Respect, appreciation, a listening ear.

“If you wish to be loved; Love!”- Seneca

46. Evolve.

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”- Muhammad Ali.

47. Dreams are great. Taking action is better.

48. Try to go screenless for a day at least once per month.

49. Before you speak, ask yourself, “Am I saying this because I want to prove how smart I am or am I saying this because it needs to be said?”- Ryan Holiday.

50. Watch more sunsets and sunrises. We only get so many. 

51. Go tell someone you love them.